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PHOTOESSAY: NZ Defence Force exercise ‘Tropic Major’ in Vanuatu

After Exercise #SouthernKatipo last year in New Zealand, Exercise #TropicMajor in Vanuatu to further enhance their skills and capability, proving them the ability to respond to humanitarian aid requirements in the South West Pacific. Photo: @CDF_NZ, May 4
Need to transport a vehicle somewhere? This is how we do it! A New Zealand Army Pinzgauer offloads from HMNZS Canterbury’s Landing Craft Medium (LCM) during amphibious training in Vanuatu as part of Exercise Tropic Major. The exercise allows them to increase our skills and capability and show how we respond to humanitarian aid requirements in the South West Pacific. Photo: Royal New Zealand Navy

SCENARIO

    • Bad guys station at Laman Bay Airport will be shot at and arrested this afternoon.
    • Soldiers to be dropped by the chopper at Rovo Bay to clear mines field before soldiers come in by boats.
    • HMS Canterbury and HMS Wellington are already out ready for attack.
    • The terrorist leader left Laman Bay for Valesdir yesterday.
    • He will be hiding in the copra dock awaiting a plane for his escape from Epi.
    • The soldiers will try their best to capture and arrest him before he escape.
    • The terrorist at the airport already held three hostages, and are now planning to take pastor Willie Samuel as the fourth hostage.
    • The bad guys are 24hrs alert since Tuesday of this week.

Twin the lift. A SH-2G(I) Seasprite Helicopter and a Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter deployed on HMNZS Canterbury during vertical landing practice in the lead up to Exercise Tropic Major in Vanuatu, proving their ability to deploy in the South West Pacific. Photo: Royal New Zealand Navy
Sky high. An NH90 helicopter deployed on #HMNZSCanterbury takes off during vertical landing practice in the lead up to Exercise #TropicMajor in Vanuatu, proving their ability to deploy in the South West Pacific. Photo: Royal NZ Air Force @NZAirForce

Responding to Humanitarian Aid

A busy weekend for some of NZDF personnel who were delivering 23 tonnes of emergency supplies for Vanuatu’s volcano evacuees in response to a request from their government. Photo: Royal New Zealand Navy
Delivering emergency supplies for Vanuatu’s volcano evacuees. Seen here at the Luganville main wharf in Santo. Photo: Royal New Zealand Navy